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N91 Review Part 3 - Nokia Wireless Keyboard SU-8W does work! N80 driver works for all Series 60 v3

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2006-06-19 15:29

Colin of All about N91 commented that the N80/Series 60 v3 SU-8W driver should work and it does, thanks! D'oh. It's very confusing to figure out which device runs which variant of Series 60. In my sleep deprived state, I mistakenly thought the N90 was also a Series 60 v3 device. Nokia, please update the SU-8W driver page (and also build this into the OS or pre-install it!).

N91 Review - Part 2 - Nokia Wireless Keyboard SU-8W doesn't work - no driver

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2006-06-19 10:42

Aargh! There doesn't appear to be a Nokia Wireless Keyboard (SU-8W) driver (why is a driver required in the first place?) for the N91. I tried to install the driver for the N90 (which is also a Series 60 v3 device so it should work, right?) on the Nokia SU-8W software page but it doesn't work ('Installation of Nokia_SU8W_BTKeyboard_1_17.SIS not supported'). This is a show stopper for me using the N91 as my one and only mobile device. If anybody can point me to an SU-8W driver I would be very grateful (I'll buy you a beer the next time you are in Vancouver!). I am, of course, willing, to try a beta SU-8W driver.

Free N70 Ringtone from Jeff's vintage Mini Moog Synth

Submitted by Roland on Wed, 2006-06-07 08:49

I recorded a cheesy ringtone (see attached) on my friend Jeff Needham's vintage Minimoog Synth when I was staying at their Sunnyvale home last week for NetSquared. It's public domain and low quality :-) and should work on other Series 60 phones. Enjoy!

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Ivan Kuznetsov: Lifeblog adds organization, context and search- Me: it's not "good enough"

Submitted by Roland on Fri, 2006-05-19 12:48

Ivan, the S60 Lifeblog development manager, pushes back on the Lifeblog backlash (and the first quote below is mine, ha ha!). Ivan: I agree with you, organization, search and context are important and I need that for all the stuff I create on my mobile phone or elsewhere. What we disagree about is whether Lifeblog is "good enough" for this when compared to other systems.

I want the search, context and timeline functionality of Lifeblog. I just don't want it on my PC or Mac (when will there be a Mac version?) which is what Lifeblog does. I want it on a cloud that I can access anywhere and that I can backup and post to via open protocols like Atom and things like the flickr API. Lifeblog doesn't do this. It seems to be a proprietary single device PC centric hub in a multi-device non PC centric mobile world.

For me, for now ShoZu + flickr (especially if it were to add support for mobile phones videos) is more than "good enough" and much better fits my needs (I can browse flickr by time and date uploaded, search, search by tag and most importantly many of my friends use flickr unlike lifeblog and it's partner TypePad). I am sure that another competitor designed to contextualize, and organize people's multimedia (mobile or otherwise) will emerge and I doubt it will look like: "mobile app called Lifeblog" + "PC app called Lifeblog" with proprietary and undocumented interfaces and APIs (e.g. Lifeblog 'sort of' works with non TypePad blogs and it doesn't have a rich API for uploading, backing up and manipulating content from it) ; it'll probably look a lot like the ShoZu + flickr combo

But hey I could be wrong :-) ! Viva la competition and I look forward to running whatever the best system turns out to be on my Nokia Series 60 phones (like the N93 which sounds fantastic for early adopter cameraphone fanatics like me).

FROM Ivan Kuznetsov: Lifeblog is not a blogging application!:

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When Lifeblog 2.0 has been launched most of the moblie-related web sites and blogs spread the news and a few discussions sparkled on various forums. Unfortunately focus of the most of the posts was on moblogging with Lifeblog rather than on the main functionality of the application.

Here are a few quotes to illustrate it:

"I have stopped using Lifeblog and will now upload my pictures using Shozu?"

"ive never seen the point of blogs, i odnt think anyone wants to read my life story and im not sure i want to tell everyone"

"please can somebody tell me for what is this good for? lifeblog: you upload pics and everybody can see it? why should I do that?"

"I dont use the PC software at all, seems useless."

While as Lifeblog definitely has blogging capabilities, it doesn't make it a solely blogging application. Blogging is just a part of Lifeblog functionality, and I dare to say not the most important one, even if the name suggests otherwise.

Having said that, I should mention that moblogging is still important for Nokia. In new Nokia Nseries multimedia computers - N72, N73, and N93, that were launched two weeks ago in Berlin, you will find yet another Nokia solution for moblogging (in addition to Lifeblog) that enables posting images to Flickr right from Camera and Gallery applications.

So what is Lifeblog good for besides moblogging? Three things mainly:

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Sakura Sakura - Poetry and Cherry Blossoms from Yiibu for your mobile device

Submitted by Roland on Wed, 2006-05-10 05:16

Cool stuff. If you need amazing mobile content or mad mobile or flash skillz :-) !, hire the Yiibu folks, you won't be disappointed! Screenshots later!

FROM Yiibu: Demo: Pocket Poet 'Sakura Edition':

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This all-in-one application includes a mini-guide to the culture surrounding cherry blossom season in Japan as well as an SMS* pocket poetry application.

Create and send a romantic poem to your sweetheart using pre-selected cherry-blossom themed words.

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Apache ported to Symbian Series 60

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2006-05-04 21:44

I've downloaded this now and I am patiently awaiting my Gateway ID! Go Raccoon go!

FROM NRC - Phone Software:

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Apache Modules

The following Apache modules have been built in: mod_alias, mod_auth, mod_autoindex, mod_dav, mod_dav_fs, mod_dir, mod_log_config, mod_mime, mod_rewrite, mod_setenvif and last, but definitely not least, mod_python.

Mod_python integrates Python for S60 with Apache and thus you can create content using Python scripting and also Python Server Pages. As it is possible to write your own Python extension modules, the entire S60 API is in principle available, even though the source for the Symbian port of Apache httpd is not yet provided.

The port of Apache httpd is based on version 2.0.52 and the port of mod_python on version 3.1.3.

...

In order to be able to browse to your mobile website you need to have an account on our gateway. Simply send a mail with the subject Raccoon Account and we will create one for you. If your name and preferred email-address are not evident from the mail headers, then specify them explicitly in the email body.

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Nokia N93 - ideal phone to run ShoZu and shows that GSM and UMTS phones rule!

Submitted by Roland on Wed, 2006-04-26 07:43

The Nokia N93 (with crazy transformer form factor, not for normal users definitely!) looks like a perfect phone to run ShoZu! I want one! This phone basically implements my 2010 dream phone (3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom) 3 years ahead of schedule . And it does 3G as well as GSM and EDGE so it will work with our cr*ppy Canadian cellphone networks that currently offer GSM and will soon offer EDGE. Question: Is there a CDMA 1X or EVDO phone that's this compelling? Hmmm I think not! I really don't understand why CDMA and EV-DO continue to exist other than as a futile, desperate attempt to stem the GSM and UMTS juggernaut. As Alex blogged CDMA and EV-DO phones continue to s*ck (mostly clunky and cr*ppy BREW and Windows Mobile phones).

I doubt the N93 bundled Flickr client is as good as ShoZu. Specifically, I doubt the bundled flickr client has suspend/resume functionality when you lose and regain mobile connectivity. I hope to be proven wrong on this one! Nokia, please bundle ShoZu with future phones!

FROM Review: Nokia N93 (MobileBurn):

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Starting with multimedia capabilities, the new Nokia N93 includes a 3.2 megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 3x optical zoom, a 2.4" QVGA display, and full audio/video playback capabilities. The camera is worth noting, not only due to its still image capabilities, but also its ability to capture video in VGA resolution at 30fps - enough for a good experience while utilizing the built in TV-out functionality. As with the other two devices announced from Berlin today, the N93 supports direct uploading to the Flickr photo-sharing site from the handset's Gallery and Camera applications. Storage-wise, the N93 includes 50MB of on board memory, and miniSD expansion.

On the connectivity front, the 3G capable Nokia N93 again has everything covered. Bluetooth and Infrared support is complemented with the inclusion of 802.11b/g WLAN connectivity, with UPnP for simplified streaming of media to compatible devices.

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Antony Pranata, Nokia Vancouver developer is blogging! More please!

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2006-04-24 22:20

I am sure this is old news to some, but Antony Pranata, a Nokia employee at Nokia's lab here in Vancouver (unfortunately they are in suburban Richmond and Burnaby and not Vancouver so I don't see them at our "second office" Take 5 Cafe :-) ! ) is blogging, both S60Tips, a mobile blog as well as a personal blog. Are there any other Nokia Vancouver people blogging? I have personally been underwhelmed by the amount of blogging from the local Nokia folks and the amount of involvement at Vancouver grassroots activities like Mobile Monday Vancouver, but hope lives on! Perhaps with Antony's cool example and the fact that the N91 has shipped (which I believe was developed partially in Vancouver), the Vancouver folks will start coming out more! Love to see you and love to meet you all! (Antony wir können unser Deutsch üben! I see you did your masters in Germany in Stuttgart not far from Friedrichshafen where I lived from 95-98!)

Series 60 Backup Restore Utility for MMC cards on an N70?

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2006-04-16 20:40

I would like to back up the contents of my MMC memory card on my N70 (in particular the Opera web browser that came with it), reformat the MMC (it appears to be corrupted because after I take 50 or so photos using the built-in camera app in sequence mode e.g. one of my Skyte sets, the phone displays a "Saving" alert box that doesn't disappear until I reboot it) and restore Opera. Is this possible (it should be but you never know)? Could somebody please point me to a Series 60 or N70 specific utility (I have firmware V 3.0546.2.3 18-11-05 RM-84) that does this? I thought about wiping the card and then re-installing Opera from scratch but Opera doesn't appear to be free so the copy I have must be under some sort of Nokia OEM license.

Nokia N70 cameraphone review

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2006-04-06 00:32

After taking over 1200 photos and 50 videos with the Nokia N70 camera phone review unit (courtesy of the N70 Nokia Blogger Relations program, thanks Andy!) since I received it on January 20, 2006, it's time for an N70 review.

Ignorance is bliss. If I hadn't recently tried out Robert Scales' new Sony Ericsson K750 or Harry's Nokia N90 (the guy who told me where to buy my grey market Nokia 7610), I would be 100% content with the N70.

BOTTOM LINE:

The Nokia N70 Cameraphone is a fantastic cameraphone as well as a fantastic cellphone. Except for the lack of a macro mode, the 2 Megapixel stills are great and there's lots of great toys like in camera digital cross processing. And the video mode is great! Good-bye postage stamp videos! What would I buy with my own money? Hard to say, but if I could afford it, I think it would be either the just released N91 (so I can try WiFi) or the N90 (for the the macro mode). If I didn't have the money, I'd definitely pay for the N70 because it's more than good enough and I can (mostly) live without a good macro mode.

<RANT>

For me, the camera combined with always on mobile internet access is my killer app (i.e. ShoZu is my killer mobile phone app) for a mobile phone and while the camera is fantastic on the N70 (in comparison to the crappy RAZR phone camera or almost any other cameraphone out there except for the forthcoming Sony Ericsson and Nokia 3 Megapixel phones with optical zooms e.g. N93), I pine for the camera of the K750 and N91 with their killer macro modes.

But you won't catch me switching to Sony Ericsson! For all my criticism of Series 60, it's really the only viable mobile platform out there at the moment. Sony is unusable and has no software (compared to Series 60) and no way to develop software easily (Series 60 has python! go Nokia go!) and I hate Sony's proprietary memory stick. Motorola is unusable (but cool looking in the case of the Razr) and also has no software to speak of and no way to develop software easily and don't get me started on Java on mobile phones :-) ! And BlackBerry is a non starter: no camera not to mention no (well OK very little compared to Series 60) software and no way to easily develop software! Sorry but I don't need "always on" email ) and if I did, Profimail, or heck even mobile Gmail would be good enough

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LIKES:

  • Great still photos (unlike for example the cr*ppy camera on the Razr).
  • Great video. High quality and big! Seems to be a little fuzzier than the 6630 when you move the camera but maybe that's just my jittery hands.
  • Great phone phone. Excellent voice quality.
  • Love the "no need to train" voice dialing mode.
  • iSync works great (with hack and now in Mac OS X10.4.6)
  • Lots of great apps like ShoZu
  • Easy to write your own apps in Python if you are a developer.
  • Love the in-camera digital cross processing effects (sepia, black and white, negative)

DISLIKES:

  • The joystick is unusable. I like the one on Boris' 6630 much better. I always find myself hitting cursor down, up, left or right when I mean to press the joystick button. Nokia, please get this right consistently on your phones!
  • No Macro mode
  • Needs a button to save and retrieve user definable camera settings.
  • Can't lock the camera cover so the camera always ends up opening when it's in my pocket.

Meaning flickr uploader sounds great except for its unreliability

Submitted by Roland on Sat, 2006-04-01 16:41

I'll start using Meaning when it works reliably. To me, seamlessly uploading photos in real time is more important than cool location based meta data. Until then, I'll stick with ShoZu.

From anti-mega: Flickr off.:

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The app is pretty heavy -- it's been built on a context platform that can do far more -- and it's difficult to sometimes run more than just the Meaning app on my 6630. The uploader is also subject to failures due to cell changes or flipping from 3G to 2G -- this can lead to many half uploaded photos that need deleting from Flickr, and also cost money due to mobile data transfer charges.

Despite these quibbles, Meaning is the uploader I have been using pretty much exclusively for the past few months. The rich metadata generated is worth far more to me than the few failings.

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Emory's N90 apps - must try them on the N70

Submitted by Roland on Sat, 2006-04-01 16:24

In particular: IM+. Is it better than Agile Messenger?

From What's on my N90?.:

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I've been using a Nokia N90 S60 smartphone for almost a month now. I have the full unlocked 3G version from Europe, not the crippled cracked out one you can buy at Ritz Camera in exchange for a new contract with T-Mobile.

...

Some of the built-in applications on the N90 are quite good. For example, the email client is fantastic. It supports IMAP, IMAP-IDLE, and email gets pushed to me as fast as my BlackBerry ever got it. I have no complaints there, really. The input device doesn't even bother me that much because a lot of my email when I'm mobile is consumption anyway, and I rarely have to type out a huge edict or anything unless I'm at a desk. Even the built-in browser is quite good. I have also installed Opera and Opera Mini but honestly I use the built-in browser most of the time.

But like any smartphone user, I have managed to accumulate some favorite applications over the last month that I feel are very useful, so I'll be outlining them in this post.

This post is a doozy. Get comfortable.

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Andy Smith's flickrUp up ported to Symbian Series 60 Python by WhiteTiger

Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2006-03-07 17:11

Does ZoneTag have suspend/resume functionality like Shozu?

Submitted by Roland on Sat, 2006-03-04 00:29

In other words does ZoneTag send only the portion of the photo that wasn't yet transmitted when mobile connectivity is lost and regained or does it send the whole photo? It would be cool if it does but somehow I doubt it. My prediction/hope :-) is that Shozu will add this "auto geo tagging based on cell tower" feature really soon now!

From ZoneTag Photos.:

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My photo isn't showing up on Flickr!

That sucks. ZoneTag may have problems contacting the server to upload your photo if you move into a weak cell signal spot. If ZoneTag is unable to complete the upload after several attempts, the photo will be placed into a queue and be uploaded the next time you upload a photo. If your photo was successfully uploaded to Flickr, the photo filename in your phone's image gallery will be prepended with "ZT".

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REPOST: Hugin/Mugin 1.0 - J2ME Flickr uploader for Series 60 Nokia cameraphones

Submitted by Roland on Fri, 2006-03-03 12:39

Just re-posting this because the URLs have changed and people are looking for it. NOTE: that it may no longer work because flickr have changed their authentication APIs and this software is UNSUPPORTED!

Here are the files:

  1. Hugin/Mugin binaries
  2. Hugin/Mugin source

From Roland Tanglao's Weblog: Hugin/Mugin 1.0 - J2ME Flickr uploader for Series 60 Nokia cameraphones.:

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LATER: I have added a Public Hugin/Mugin Flickr group. Please post your comments there.

After a prolonged testing and development period, Hugin/Mugin (Hugin and Mugin are Norse gods that Simon likes! This program was formally known as FlickrLive) is available for general release:

WHAT: Hugin/Mugin is a J2ME Flickr uploader for Series 60 cameraphone phones. It enables almost real time uploading (e.g. with a 30 second delay on the Canadian mobile carrier Fido's GPRS network) of photos from your phone directly to Flickr. No muss, no fuss, no chain of pain. It comes as two midlets: one to configure called Hugin/Mugin Settings (Flickr userid, password, tags, etc.) and one to actually upload called Hugin/Mugin

WHO IS THIS FOR: Power Users, techies and geeks. Sorry, but with the current cameraphone state of the art, I can't recommend this to normal people!

HOW TO INSTALL: download this Hugin/Mugin Zip file (60 K zip). Unzip it and transfer the .jar and the .jad files to your phone. Install it by opening the Jad.

HOW TO USE: Run the configuration midlet, Hugin/Mugin Settings, and put in your default tags, title, camera resolution and flickr id and password. Then when you want to take a photo, run Hugin/Mugin. Click to take a picture and upload!

LICENSE: Free, GPL

SUPPORT: none, ok, best effort :-) which means leave a comment here or on your blog and I'll do my best to answer any questions

TESTED ON: Nokia 7610 ONLY! I believe it should work on other Series 60 phones like the 6600 and 6630 but I don't know for sure.

REQUIREMENTS: Series 60 Nokia phone AND some kind of mobile data service like GPRS, EV-DO, 3G, 1X, etc.

SOURCE: will be available tomorrow when I have time to post it and it will be GPL'ed

AUTHOR: Simon Lewis, my programming maven (really! Simon can and has almost programmed everything from CORBA frameworks to apps from Lisp to C, C++, Java, Smalltalk etc.) friend in the UK; I didn't write one line of code. I'm just the product manager :-) which means I just did the testing and helped with the requirements.

PROBLEMS: More details in the release notes tomorrow with the source but J2ME on the 7610 doesn't appear to let you upload true 1 megapixel images. Instead you get pixelated 640x480. Sad but true! Still it's cool to have pixelated 640x480 images uploaded to Flickr in pseudo real-time. I hope that by releasing the source tomorrow that somebody will be able to work around this.

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Steve Litchfield's cool Nokia Series 60 Python tutorial

Submitted by Roland on Wed, 2006-02-22 16:29

Awesome, I might actually check this out in my "copious free time"! Well I probably won't but I'd like to :-) !

From AAS Feature: Nokia Python's Flying Circus.:

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Steve Litchfield presents an introduction to the latest (and potentially most powerful) way of creating S60 applications.

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Skype on Symbian to be released today at 3GSM?!?

Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2006-02-14 00:06

Skype on Symbian to be released today (somebody send me a link, please!) at 3GSM according to my "sources" (don't you hate it when people tell you that). It'll probably only work on the very latest phones on Symbian Series 60 so it will be a high end solution only but it points to the future. Since what's only on high end phones today in a couple of years migrates to lower end phones!

Mobile Monday Vancouver Feb 2006 - Eqo demo was great

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2006-02-13 23:26

Watch my 30 second video with Dave Shea, Bill Tam, Jeff LaPorte, Bryan and Steph Rieger and posted in "real time" (takes about 10 minutes using glacially slow GPRS to transfer via Shozu) to show the use of Shozu.

I demoed Shozu (and recapped my journey from buying my grey market 7610 for my 40th birthday using my own money to using email to upload photos to Flickr, to using Hugin and Mugin (Java midlet to upload pictures to flickr developed by my friend and ace programmer, Simon Lewis) and being frustrated by the low res pictures from the 7610's crippled Java implementation of the camera APIs to uploading photos 4 at a time using Lifeblog to today's Shozu happiness!) tonight and we had a great Eqo demo and presentation from Jeff LaPorte.

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